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Make the Juice Last: Battery Advice for Mobile Devices

March 15, 2014

It's happened again - you're dead. Or at least your connection to the outside world is. Your battery life decreased so rapidly you could almost watch the percentage fall. These days, if you even think about relying on GPS, setting the display to bright, playing a video or connecting to Bluetooth, let alone making a call, you may be down to no battery power in a blink. The longest you can expect your battery to last between charging sessions on the best phones available is about 15 hours, according to CNET. But there are some simple ways to avoid draining your battery while still actually using your device. Here are some battery advice for Mobile Devices.

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Battery ‘Bloodsuckers’

One of the biggest energy drains on your battery is your device’s display, but you don’t have to reduce brightness when you really need it. When you aren’t using it, however, minimize the brightness as much as you can or turn off the display altogether. Adjust your settings so that the screen goes black every couple of minutes when the device is not in use.

It’s so easy to forget to turn off your GPS function after you’ve reached a destination, but it guzzles a battery’s power. Now that you know where you are, close out of this app.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi also suck power from your battery. Unchecking these functions in your “Settings” options when you don’t need them can double your battery life, with one exception. Using the Wi-Fi calling feature on some of T-Mobile’s Windows phones can actually boost battery life.

Flying high? On an airplane, your phone will continuously search for non-existent signals, burning battery power. Simply switch to “airplane mode” when you’re on a plane to prevent this, suggests PC World.

More Remedies

Adjust the settings on your device to switch automatically to battery-saving mode when the device is losing power. On a Windows phone, go to “Settings” then “Battery Saver.” It turns off some services while in standby to preserve battery life, but you can receive calls and texts. Emails must be refreshed manually. Even if your battery charge isn’t low, you can activate the battery saver manually by clicking the advanced button.

It’s advisable to turn off another feature on a Windows phone: the double tap to wake up the phone. Turning it off saves battery life; instead, all you have to do is press the power button to wake up the phone.

‘App’ the Battery Life with the Latest Releases

Several downloadable apps can alert you to flagging battery power and some can even extend battery life. The “Go Battery Saver & Power Widget” for Android phones, for example, extends the life of a battery with power-saving modes. The app also shows the time remaining before the device will switch off and has a widget with a personalized user interface that enhances battery performance. To keep the process of charging the battery "safe,” the app's charging maintenance helps in the overall extension of battery life during charging.

Another Android app is the “DU Battery Saver & Widgets” available in 17 languages that claims it can increase battery life by 50 percent. The app lets users pre-set battery power management modes or personalize modes to suit their habits. Its one-touch widget can close all power-eating apps working in the background. In addition, its “healthy charge manager” tracks practices that will enhance battery life.

The more of these "fixes" you turn to, the longer you can expect your battery to function between charges. Preserving device battery power is simply a matter of being aware of how many functions and processes are part of your device.

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